PG&E faces pole attachment shot clock, as CPUC arbitrator hands Crown Castle a win

An administrative law judge “gave Crown Castle a victory of sorts in a dispute over terms for attaching fiber optic cable to utility poles that Pacific Gas and Electric owns.” If the California Public Utilities Commission signs off on the finding, it will establish a 45-day “shot clock” for responsing to attachment requests and allows Crown Castle to do some work on poles without notifying PG&E.

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Lack of funding poses challenges for expanding broadband access in Pa.

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Broadband reforms welcome, but public must remain vigilant

The Sun Community News Editorial Board published an editorial highlighting concerns about New York State’s broadband program. The editorial encouraged "local lawmakers to develop a systemic structure to capture and direct all telecommunications-related concerns" from residen...

Rep. Lisa Stone Barnes to tackle broadband in first term

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Smyth County is striving to expand broadband access

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Saratoga Springs to lay fiber networks

Over the summer, city officials in Saratoga Springs, NY signed a long-term contract with SiFi Networks to design, install and maintain a fiber optic network, "making it the first municipality in the state and one of only a handful in the nation to embrace the technology." The agre...

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